Smart grid wins: the latest roundup of impressive and varied projects


By: SGN Staff


We've got a lot of smart grid wins this week from a broad range of smart grid technologies and services, from outage management to paying your power bill with a smartphone. Scroll down for more on Page 2.



·         Milsoft's Outage Management System (OMS) and Call Center has been chosen by Pasadena, California, Water and Power Department (PWP). PWP, a long time user of Milsoft Engineering Analysis for system planning and operations, is upgrading to the Milsoft E&O System with the addition of Milsoft OMS and Milsoft Call Center. "We recognized the benefits of leveraging our existing detailed circuit model for improving our outage response and management." said Assistant General Manager Joe Awad. ”We also needed complete integration with our customer call center to provide our customers with information and the best service possible.” Milsoft’s hosted IVR solution and demonstrable experience were key in PWP’s decision. Read more >>


·         Survalent Technology, the most trusted provider of smart grid solutions for the control room, announced today that it has commissioned a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for Grays Harbor PUD, Washington. Grays Harbor PUD is a community-owned not-for-profit utility that provides electrical service to most of Grays Harbor County, and small portions of Jefferson County, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. Grays Harbor is a member of Energy Northwest (ENW), Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA), Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA). Read more >>



·         AT&T is expanding its leadership in smart grid by offering prepaid applications that help manage energy usage and reduce costs. Through an exclusive agreement with PayGo®, AT&T will be the sole U.S. provider for PayGo’s utility payment solutions which includes near real-time processing of meter information for prepaid services.  PayGo from AT&T empowers consumers to pay their energy bill how they want, when they want and virtually anywhere they want using smartphones, text messages, kiosks, the internet or by phone. Read more >>


·         Accenture has been selected by SSE, a leading electricity and gas company operating mainly in the UK and Ireland, to help it with two significant projects to improve its customer offer and field force effectiveness. SSE’s Retail Transformation Program focuses on improving the company’s retail business and meeting a government mandate to roll out more than nine million smart meters by 2019. Under this program, Accenture was awarded multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts to work with the energy company to implement an Oracle-based customer campaign management solution for its Domestic Customer project (DC), and an Oracle-based field force productivity solution for its Metering Transformation Project (MTP). Read more >>



·         Silver Spring Networks, Inc., a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks, today announced that its Gen4 networking technology was honored with a Smart Grid 2012 Product of the Year award from TMCNet and Crossfire Media. Silver Spring’s Gen4 networking technology delivers greater flexibility and choice to utilities, enabling them to meet new challenges and serve their customer demands more effectively and efficiently. Read more >>


·         Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority was awarded the Best Smart Infrastructure Project at CD Week 2013 in Tampa, FL. The Expanding Excellence Awards were announced on May 1, 2013 by CS Week and Electric Light & Power Magazine. The Water Authority is deploying an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) using a Sensus Flexnet system and a Meter Data Management System (MDMS) by Harris' MeterSense. A mobile workforce management system, a new building system and other technologies have been integrated with the AMI and MDMS system to improve operating efficiency and enhance customer service. Read more >>


·         Navitas Systems LLC, a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced today that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award of $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This marks the first SBIR award competed for and received by Navitas, a small, woman-owned business. "Navitas Systems is delighted to receive this award from the DOE," said Nancie ElShafei, CEO. "Our company is a rarity, being a small business but with a big company staff of world class battery researchers and engineers gained from our acquisition of the Government R&D division of A123 Systems earlier this year." Read more >>

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